I started reading again.
While this is not worthy of fanfare, this is something of a big achievement for me. I was a voracious reader up until a few years ago. In testament to this, I have a shelf in the living room groaning at the weight of books piled in it two which I slowly keep adding a book here and a book there. But, sadly, I have not touched any of those books in a long while. At most, I have read three books in the past 12 months. Pathetic.
I still love to read. I love the excitement of getting list in someone else’s world so much that it becomes my world too. At least only while I am reading. Which brings one of the worst feelings in the world – when you finish the book and you have to go back to reality. Not even that! When you finish a really good chapter and you have to stop because it’s past midnight and you have to go to work tomorrow. Or when you have to stop reading mid-chapter because your train stop is coming up next. So frustrating.
I tried audiobooks for a bit. David Tennant’s Doctor Who audiobooks are hugely entertaining! Highly recommended if you are a Whovian. I admit I was listening to Twilight for a while, but it got old too quickly. The Time Traveller’s Wife was another good one. My only problem with audiobooks is they made me sleepy and once you doze off you cannot hit pause so when you go back to listen you cannot find your place! Apple surely must be able to design a device that will automatically pause play when it senses that the person is in a sleep state and basically bookmarks it for you? Maybe in the next few years, huh?
Picking up a new hobby or doing marathons of my favourite TV shows has really cut back on my reading time. I can’t knit and flip book pages at the same time. I wouldn’t want to miss crucial scenes in my show, although I can always repeat it whenever I want. The last two books I read took me months to finish even though I enjoyed them both tremendously. It meant, however, that my knitting progress slowed down during those months and my TV-binge was restricted to the weekends.
This brings me to the present time. I finished reading an entire book in one week. On my iPhone. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do but this book, this series has gripped me so tightly that I just had to keep going. Okay, it may have something to do with the fact that I have just seen the film version of the first book and friends have all been raving about the series.
I’m talking about the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.
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